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Yellow wool tie

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Physical description

A yellow wool tie. The tie is narrow down its length with pointed ends, one narrow, one wide. At the wider end of the tie is a small rectangular white synthetic manufacturers label. The label features a red sailing boat motif with the red text "KRAVAT" beneath it. Beside this motif is green text "Klipper / REGD. / PURE / WOOL". Both pointed ends of the tie are frayed and several areas along the edges of the tie are well worn featuring holes.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, clothing and other memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Emma (Emilie) Roach, a well-known and successful equestrian, and her husband John (Jack) Burton, who made several record-breaking drives in motor vehicles across Australia during the 1910s and 1920s.

Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, in 1898, Roach began equestrian competition at the age of 10, and continued through most levels and types of competition, remaining an unpaid amatuer, until her retirement in 1955. Her main competitions and successes were in the show-ring. After Burton and Roach married in 1925, they lived in Sydney for many years and travelled from there to agricultural shows in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where Roach would compete and Burton worked in motor vehicle sales and writing articles for motoring magazines.

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